ClassNK launches Global Research and Innovation Center in Singapore

ClassNK, a ship classification society, has established a research and development center in Singapore that will focus on developing maritime technologies to enhance ship safety and environmental sustainability.

Class NK held a press conference in Singapore to promote the activities of the newly established Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC).

In addition, representatives from both ClassNK and Nanyang Technological University gave in-depth presentations on the marine energy feasibility study and maritime energy test bed projects.

R&D center will cover the following sectors:

  • Maritime technologies: Research and development into creating new technologies and improving existing technologies in the fields of safe/smart ships such as condition-based monitoring technology, and eco-technology covering areas such as alternative fuel engine technologies, and emission control,
  • Marine renewable energy: Establishing a marine energy test site for the tropics to support R&D in energy storage systems, biofouling materials, energy converters, prototype design testing, and creating possibilities to provide energy for maritime industry usage like in ports and harbors.

ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita said: “The establishment of the Global Research and Innovation Center represents ClassNK’s commitment to developing innovative solutions. GRIC’s location in Singapore will make R&D projects accessible to international industry partners, and allow us to work with top academic institutions such as NTU and other sectors of the maritime cluster here in Singapore.”

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Image: ClassNK/Left to right:(ClassNK) RM Kurashiki , T Kinoshita,  PM Ravindran and (NTU) Thepsithar